India, China agree to stop sending more troops to frontline border in Ladakh

India and China on Tuesday released a joint statement and agreed to stop sending any more troops to the frontline in order to refrain from further worsening the ground situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

According to a joint statement, the two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on stabilizing the situation along the LAC in the India-China border areas. They agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries.

The joint statement from India and China stated that both sides will enhance communication to avoid misunderstandings and also implement the five-point consensus reached by foreign ministers S Jaishankar and Wang Yi at the sidelines of the SCO summit in Moscow earlier this month.

“On September 21, the Indian and Chinese Senior Commanders held the 6th round, They agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen communication on the ground, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoid taking any actions that may complicate the situation,” the statement said.

The two sides also agreed to hold the 7th round of Military Commander-Level Meeting as soon as possible, take practical measures to properly solve problems on the ground, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border area.

However, according to sources, India and China agree are yet to agree on disengagement of troops along the LAC but have agreed that no further buildup will take place.

Prior to the meeting, the agenda and issues of the Indian side were discussed and finalized during a high-level meeting attended by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, last week on Friday.

The talks happened at a time when the Indian side has also occupied six major hill features which are helping the Indian Army to be in dominating positions on heights.

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